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about the san francisco police department, only 7% of the department is certified bilingual. that is based on our own studies. 7% compared to other cities that report their bilingual numbers. that was pretty low. if there is any effort that we might be able to do to stimulate that component of this institutional frontline access, i would say that is important. on immigrant communities, especially communities where we see other nations are host to immigrant communities that have a different cultural way of life and dealing with family and domestic crises and how women
are treated, it makes me wonder if there are any languages that we're not covering? are there any languages that might be of african dialect other than french? it is usually french or english as part of the universal languages. those are the secondary languages. are there any languages that we should be trying to 0 am on? supervisor mirkarimi: are there any that might be dialects of the arab world? this is a significant increase of the population coming into the united states. there are sort of differences in how these issues are handled. >> and the director of the department of status of women. we could not agree more. language axises one of the top recommendations from the audit.
we have pursued that in a very focused way. right now, we have the language line basically. we do not have trained personnel who come to the scene and can respond in any number of different languages. that is what we want to move toward. i remember when we first announced the donation from at&t and the ability of officers to have telephonic interpretation. we said we really wanted officers who could respond in a variety of languages and not just the telephone. in response to that, we worked with the office of civic engagement to do the bridges to freedom language training. it was very interesting. the front-line staff really got something out of it. they felt like the city was investing in them for their language.
i think there are ways to work with human resources and other departments to have better incentives for language training, to really encourage people to take advantage of additional language training. i do not have an answer on which languages we are missing. i think that would be a great audit survey. that would be in terms of what languages we need to have more research -- resources in. supervisor chiu: as a final point of commons, i want to thank all of the city administrators who are here to move the set of reforms forward as well as the community advocates and representatives from the domestic violence consortium. it was not too long ago, 20 years ago, when policy makers are questioning whether the battered women's syndrome was really a real phenomenon. where we are today in san francisco, government gets it
and is working closely to ensure provision is laid out in all forms put forward. my colleagues and i are 100% committed to making sure that all of these reforms have been in short order so we can see if we can bring the number of two homicides a year down to zero. without any further comments, let me ask if there are any other items on today's calendar. >> the complete the agenda for today. supervisor chiu: at this time, the meeting is adjourned. ♪
>> get this ceremony under way. we have a great day here for the momentous occasion for the sentences " and a bridge retrofit. in the public information officer for san francisco opened a bridge with caltrans. \ we're going to hear from a few key folks to talk about the history, what is actually happening today, and media that are interested, hopefully you have signed up on the waiver sheet and the signing sheet to
take a boat tour that will get you a little closer to the work happening today. this morning, about 6:00, we started lifting a 1200-ton, 165- foot tall section that is the first part of our signatures than for the world's largest self-anchored suspension bridge. you can sit right here behind me. it is already vertical. it is being unbolted, and it will be split into place and sit down on a foundation where it will stand for at least 150 years in the next few hours. without further ado, i would like to introduce our secretary of california business, transportation, and housing agency, secretary dale bonner. >> thank you very much, and thank you all for coming out here this afternoon. great to be here. great day for the bay area commuters. i want to just underscore that today is a day that has been very long in coming, so